About the Author


Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld

Dovid Rosenfeld, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, works both as a programmer for aish.com and as a responder for its Ask the Rabbi service. He also serves as a volunteer writer for Torah.org. He lives with his wife and family in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

ring of fate cover Rabbi Rosenfeld's son Zvi recently published his first book, The Ring of Fate, a riveting, fast-paced fantasy novel which is also completely kosher in both language and subject matter. It is available as both book and ebook. It is sold by Booklocker.com, as well as by Amazon.com and all the major on-line sellers.


Ahaziah’s Age When He Became King

How old was Ahaziah when he became king? II Kings (8:26) states he was 22, while II Chronicles...

Yearly Parsha (Torah Reading) Cycle

As we come to the end of the cycle of reading the Torah. I am curious as to when and who divided...

Why Do We Celebrate the Torah on Simchat Torah and Not Shavout?

Why do we complete the reading of the Torah and celebrate it on Simchat Torah and not on Shavuot...

How to Forgive Ourselves

With the High Holidays approaching, I’m trying to come to terms with a lot of my past life choices...

Using Diapers (Nappies) on Shabbat

What are the relevant laws I need to know about diapering a baby on Shabbat? I do a lot of...

Zechariah 13:6 – Wounds Between Your Hands

How do Jews interpret Zechariah 13:6? “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between...

Aliyah Difficulties

We recently moved to Israel, fulfilling a life dream, but so many things have gone wrong since we arrived. I’m hoping the worst of our issues have been settled by now, but I’m bothered on a more fundamental level. Doesn’t God want us back? Why does He seem to purposely make things difficult when we are only trying to fulfill His will?

Heating up Food in a Non-Kosher Oven

Is there a way I can use the toaster oven at work to heat up food?

Special Places to Pray for Children, Zera Shimshon

My husband and I have been struggling to conceive for a few years now. We will be visiting Israel...

Jacob’s Incomplete Name Change

I noticed something very curious. Abraham’s name was changed from Abram to Abraham (Genesis 17:5)...

Being Conspicuously Jewish

Please help me understand why Jews continue to identify themselves publicly. With all the violence...

Mayim Acharonim – Washing Before Birkat HaMazon

I was reading that the Hassidic practice is to wash one’s hands at the end of a bread meal, before...

Studying History (Weekday and Shabbat)

I’ve heard that some classic Jewish sources write that the study of history is a waste of time and...

The Book of Jasher

Is the Book of Jasher a reliable work? Are the dates and information in it accurate? It looks...

Did Judaism Use to Practice Patrilineal Descent?

I just made a bet with a friend for a cup of coffee. He is asserting that Judaism used to be a...

Haftorah – Source for the Custom

What is the source of the custom to read from the Prophets on Shabbat and other occasions after...

Keturah’s Origins

Who was Abraham’s second wife Keturah? The Torah writes nothing about her background and origin –...

Descent From King David Today

Is there any way to research if you’re a descendant of King David? I feel I really relate to him...

Year and Date of Aaron’s Death

In what year did Aaron die? Numbers 33:38 writes explicitly that Aaron died in the 40th year in...

The Tabernacle’s Construction and the Shamir

When the Children of Israel constructed the Tabernacle, some of the tasks required doing very fine...

Carnivorous Animals

Why did God create the world that some animals are carnivorous – and hunt and kill other animals...

Is Seeing a Rainbow Good or Bad?

Is seeing a rainbow a good or a bad thing? On the one hand, it’s a majestic creation of God and a...

Jacob’s Possessions and Having it All

When Jacob first meets Esau after having spent years in Haran, he gives him a large gift of...

The Books of the Maccabees

I’ve been reading about the history of Hanukkah and found that a lot of the material comes from...

Psalms about Future Events

If King David authored Psalms, how is it that several of the Psalms talk about events which occurred long after David’s time, such as Psalm 137: “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and also cried as we remembered Zion”.

Man’s Past Powerful Drive for Idolatry

It’s clear from the Bible and our knowledge of ancient history that idolatry was rampant among primitive man all throughout the world. What did our ancestors see in it? Was it all just nonsense?

Glatt Kosher Meaning, “Treif”

I often see foods and establishments advertised as “glatt kosher.” I know what kosher is, but what...

King Solomon’s Non-Jewish Wives

If the Torah forbids intermarriage, how could King Solomon have married Pharaoh’s daughter and...

How Can We Recognize a True Prophet?

How do we know to trust the past prophets of Israel – or a future one if one comes along? I know...

Carrying Child Who Can Walk on Shabbat

Regarding the law that one may carry a child who can walk by himself outside without an Eruv, how...

Kippah – Source of Obligation

Where does the Torah say that a Jewish man must wear a kippah?

Isaac’s Age at the Binding (Akeidah)

How old was Isaac when Abraham brought him to Mount Moriah and almost sacrificed him? Was he young...

Rosh Hashanah – God’s Kingship (Malchut)

I know one of the big themes of Rosh Hashanah is God’s kingship, that we proclaim God as king. To...

Yom Kippur for Two Days

I was wondering why Yom Kippur is not observed for two days as the other major holidays in the...

Will There be Sacrifices in the Third Temple?

Will there be sacrifices in the Third Temple? I heard they were only necessary in earlier times when people were more primitive and felt a need to offer sacrifices to God.

King Saul Conjuring Samuel’s Soul

How was King Saul permitted to go to a witch and have her conjure up Prophet Samuel’s soul (I...

Eating Restrictions on Friday

We have non-religious relatives staying nearby on vacation and we’ve been trying to invite them...

Exercising Before Shacharit (Morning Prayers)

I have a busy morning schedule and get up very early to exercise. Is there a problem with doing...

Should We Hate Receiving Gifts?

I often hear people quoting the verse “One who hates gifts shall live” (Mishlei (Proverbs) 15:27)....

Jethro’s Many Names

I have been studying Scripture, and it seems that Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law, seems to have...

Why Married Women Cover Their Hair

Why must married women cover their hair?

Seeing God in Tragedy

The doctor called us directly. Something was wrong.

The Origins of 17 Tammuz

I notice that in the list of tragedies which occurred on the 17th of Tammuz, it states that Moses...

The Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9

I’m curious to know the Jewish understanding of Daniel 9:24-27. It seems such a clear reference to...

The Shabbos Queen

My Bible class went to visit a synagogue Friday night. At a point during the services, we all...

J’s Replacing Y’s in Hebrew

Why is our forefather Yaakov called “Jacob” in English? How did the ‘y’ get transliterated into a...

Are Religious People Happy?

I grew up Orthodox but fell out of practice in my early 20s. In the few years since then I have...

Israeli in Diaspora, Second Day Yom Tov

I live in Israel but will be in America for Shavuot this year. Would I be able to use my computer...

Elijah’s Ascent to Heaven

I’m trying to understand what exactly occurred when Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot (II...

The Creation of Man and the Animals

In our weekly Torah study session, the question came up why the Torah makes special mention of...

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